Phi Theta Kappa Inductees 2018

Coahoma’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members

Recently, Coahoma Community College's (CCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (Alpha Omicron Pi) inducted nearly 20 new members. With 1,350 chapters at two-year colleges across the world, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education. Members enjoy many exclusive benefits and opportunities for scholarship. The organization not only recognizes and encourages scholarly endeavors but also provides opportunities for leadership development, networking, and community service.

Coahoma’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Inducts New Members

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu Nov 29, 2018

Phi Theta Kappa Inductees 2018

Recently, Coahoma Community College's (CCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society (Alpha Omicron Pi) inducted nearly 20 new members. With 1,350 chapters at two-year colleges across the world, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education. Members enjoy many exclusive benefits and opportunities for scholarship. The organization not only recognizes and encourages scholarly endeavors but also provides opportunities for leadership development, networking, and community service.

Dr. Stacey Jones, an instructor of Biology at Coahoma, served as the keynote speaker.

He is a native of the Quitman County.  Raised in Hinchcliff and Falcon, Dr. Jones attended Quitman County High School, now Madison Shannon Palmer High School, where he graduated valedictorian of his class.   He enrolled in the University of Mississippi as the first African American recipient of the prestigious Carrier Scholarship.

At the university he studied chemistry, preforming undergraduate research during the summer, and garnishing several awards and recognitions, including outstanding chemistry student by the American Institute of Chemists.  After graduating with honors, he enrolled in the graduate program at Texas A&M University on a full academic fellowship.

Dr. Jones stressed the importance of self-awareness, honesty, and perspective to the new inductees and explained that those principles are the keys to a happy and fulfilling career journey.

Stacey Jones“The decisions that you make and the situations that you face in life will be irrational. They don’t make sense, but you have to trust yourself, believe in yourself, and follow your passion,” said Jones.

“You guys are about to turn a corner. You are either coming to the end of an academic semester only, coming to the end of a year, or coming to the end of your time here at Coahoma Community College. Either way you are getting ready to turn a corner. And when we turn a corner our perspective changes,” Jones added.

“What we see in front of us changes when we turn a corner. So, when you turn the corner, your perspective will change. But remember where you came from. Always remember your orientation. If you do that, then it will take you far.”

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society guarantees its members access to benefits that will recognize their outstanding academic accomplishments and provide them with the competitive edge that helps ensure future success.

On average, to be eligible for the society a student must have completed at least 12 hours of associate degree coursework with a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Phi Theta Kappa's Constitution sets minimum standards for membership and gives local chapters the ability to raise these standards.

Dr. Rolanda Brown, dean of Academic Affairs, was excited to witness this group reach this achievement and sees these students among the many shining stars of Coahoma.

“Phi Theta Kappa is one of the most distinguished honor societies on college campuses. Our Coahoma students, who have worked hard enough to achieve this honor are without a doubt among the best and the brightest,” said Brown. “We are proud of their accomplishments and have the highest hope for their futures.”

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.

For more information about CCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa contact, Patricia Furdge, Department Chair – Science and Math at (662) 621-4282 or pfurdge@coahomacc.edu.

To view a photo gallery from the event visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmnHhjWG